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Canberra certainly copped a roasting over the weekend, with locals sweltering through the territory’s hottest start to January on record!

It’s after the temperature soared to a hot 41 degrees yesterday.

Even though it may have felt like it, it wasn’t our hottest day ever though.

According to Weatherzone, that record was set in 2013, when the temperature reached 42 degrees on January 18.

The scorching conditions saw Canberrans flock to local water spots for some relief, with places like Big Splash and Kambah Pool packed with visitors.


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There will be some relief this week, with temps expected in the early thirties and late twenties.

“Over the next few days we’re going to see a cooler air mass move across the region so we’re going to see more average temperatures,” meteorologist Graeme Brittain said.

“There’s some rainfall on the cards today and over the next few days in the form of showers but nothing really significant.”

Mr Brittain also said while the long term outlook for January and February is for slightly below average temperatures, that doesn’t mean we won’t get another heatwave.

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